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Governor Quinn, Rauner debate in Peoria tonight

By The Associated Press
PEORIA - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are meeting for their first true debate of the Illinois governor's race.

The candidates are scheduled to face off tonight in Peoria. The meeting comes as the race has grown increasingly personal and nasty. Both candidates have attacked the other's character and how they've conducted themselves.

Quinn is seeking his second full term. Rauner's making his first run for public office.

They have appeared together before a major teacher's union and the Chicago Tribune editorial board. But Thursday's event will be the first televised meeting in a full debate format.

It's sponsored by the League of Women Voters and several public radio and television stations.

Rauner and Quinn are scheduled to debate two more times before the Nov. 4 election.

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Chief Justice Garman attends State Supreme Court re-dedication

(Springfield, IL) -- After a 16-million-dollar renovation, the Illinois Supreme Court building has been officially reopened. The rededication Monday ends a year on the road for the Supreme Court justices, who met mostly in Chicago for the past year, but also held a session at the historic courthouse in Ottawa. A new commemorative plaque has been placed on the building in Springfield, next to the original plaque from the 1908 dedication.

Chief Justice Rita Garman of Danville and former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson were among the notables who were part of the re-dedication event.                                                               {Metro News}

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Illiana Toll Road Survives Effort To Kill It

(Chicago, IL) -- Plans for the controversial toll road linking Illinois and Indiana have survived the opposition of the Chicago area's main planning board. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning today (Tues) could muster only ten votes of the 12 it needed among its 15 board members to kill the public-private Illiana project. The road is a point of contention between Mayor Emanuel, who opposes the idea, and Governor Quinn, who sees it as a potential economic engine. {Metro News}

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Guilty verdict in Joliet Hickory Street double murder

A Joliet man is guilty on all counts for a gruesome double murder. Joshua Miner has been found guilty on all six counts for the 2013 murders of Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins. Sentencing will be November 12th.

In Will County, Judge Gerald Kinney announced the verdict today (Wednesday). Judge Kinney presided at a bench trial last month. The victims were murdered at a Hickory Street residence, where they were lured by the assailants in a robbery plan. Prosecutors said Glover and Rankins were killed when they resisted.

Adam Landermann still awaits trial in this case. Bethany McKee was also convicted following a bench trial. Alissa Massaro pleaded guilty to robbery and concealment of a homicide.

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Foster-mom, Heather Lamie, guilty of murder

A Livingston County jury has convicted foster-mom Heather Lamie of murder.

The 31-year-old Kankakee woman was found guilty (Tuesday) of both murder and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the May 2011 death of Kianna Rudesill of Bloomington.

A jury of six men and six women returned the verdict after about six hours of deliberations that began Monday afternoon. Lamie was taken into custody.

The former Cullom resident and her husband, Joshua, had to be helped from the courtroom. Sentencing is set for November 21st.

Several experts who testified for the state during the week-long trial said Kianna had 33 bruises throughout her body, including under her arms, on her legs, on her back and on her head.

Four-year-old Kianna died May 4, 2011 of head injuries, which an autopsy revealed were caused by blunt force trauma. Lamie, was initially charged with two counts of murder and one count of endangering the life or health of a child in the case.

Livingston County State's Attorney Seth Uphoff, on Monday, withdrew the murder count that alleged intent. The remaining murder charge alleges Lamie knew her actions had a strong probability of death or bodily harm for Kianna.

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